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My Hilton Gold status, via the credit card, arrived – this is how it worked ….

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I wrote an article in February discussing the speedy arrival of my free night voucher from my Hilton HHonors Platinum Visa credit cardIt turned up just 13 days after I hit the £750 spending target

However, looking at the comments you left, it seems that I got lucky and just snuck in to the end of a batch.  I now tell people they should wait 6 weeks before chasing up.

Having got the free night, I turned my focus to getting my Hilton HHonors Gold status back.  This expired at the end of March.  I needed to spend £10,000 on the card to receive it.

You can see the benefits of Hilton HHonors Gold here.

All Hilton status cards expire in March.  The programme works on a calendar year and your old status continues until March whether or not you retain it.

The £10,000 of spending on the Hilton credit card to obtain Gold status must be done in a calendar year.  As I got my card in January, this was not a problem.  Some people are caught out by this – it is NOT a good card to get towards the end of the year.  If you don’t hit £10,000 by December 31st, your target is reset to zero and you need to start again.

This is the timeline I experienced:

I passed the £10,000 target on March 1st

The statement which included that transaction was issued on March 19th

The payment deadline for that statement was April 13th, although I had paid it earlier

On Tuesday April 20th I received an email:

Look at the dates.  I received Gold status for the rest of this year, all of 2016 and the first three months of 2017.  That is 24 months of Hilton HHonors Gold – or 24 months of free breakfast, as I prefer to see it.

The bad news for Barclaycard is that there is no need for me to keep the Hilton card now except for the fact that I receive 2,500 bonus Hilton points on my first four stays.

Once I have earned those, I will cancel it – and then reapply closer to April 2017 when my Hilton HHonors Gold will again expire.

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Comments (52)

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  • mark2 says:

    Yesterday my wife received her free night certificate after reaching the target on 28 April. Of course that could have been luck too.
    To my surprise they allowed me to make the booking in her name.

  • James67 says:

    Good strategy, except that it might be a little presumptious or hopeful given the two year time frame and recent experience of devaluations.

  • DANIEL says:

    I never spent the 10k but received Gold anyway… how come the Gold status lasts so long?

    • Rob says:

      You get the rest of the current calendar year, all of the next one plus a run off until March the next year if you don’t re qualify.

    • Fenny says:

      I never spent £10k either, but received Gold last November (had the card from about April 14). My free night voucher arrived very promptly in May, after spending £750.

  • Moonman says:

    I hit my £10k spend right at the end of 2014 and similarly have status until March 2017. I had to ring up to ask though as helpfully they didn’t send an email to confirm

  • David Butcher says:

    Before they revamped the card website into Barclaycard’s corporate image, there was always a helpful progress bar showing how much you had spent on the card year to date; search as I may I can find no such helpful tool now. Am I missing something?

  • Alex says:

    I called after I hadn’t received the overnight stay voucher a week after my statement was settled. I ended up calling back as the agent didn’t seem to understand what I was trying to ask.

    I was told the voucher would be produced between 10-15 May, it was produced on the 10th and I got an email 🙂

    I know these take weeks from reading on here, but I wanted to make use of it very quickly.

  • John McElwaine says:

    Are you likely to get accepted for this card if you already have a barclaycard?


    • James67 says:

      Previously I held both ihg black and hilton at same time. Currently only have ihg but they declined my application for hilton earlier this year on basis I had ihg. I was somewhat surprised. Worth a try but prepare to be disappointed.

    • ScotlishZander says:

      You’ll need to call them, when I held a Barclaycard Plat and I called to talk about the IHG, depending on limits and current spend on card, you can split the limits between the two cards. MBNA also split limits between cards.

    • mark2 says:

      I have IHG and Hilton (and loads of other cards for points etc) and am a poor (as opposed to rich) pensioner. I did reduce the very high limit on IHG before applying.

  • Mr(s) Entitled says:

    That is £166.67 a day for 60 days. Even if you take away the price of the average London pint that still leaves £156.67 to spend per day. That is some going.

    Note: this post was a poor excuse to make a poor joke about the price of a pint.

    • sandgrounder says:

      Take a weekend break to Oslo. If you like a drink you will probably hit the target by closing on Sunday. 🙂

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